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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)

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very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-21-2010)
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at the British Beer Company in Westford, Massachusetts on May 12, 2012. It pours medium amber in tone with a long, lasting head and excellent clarity. The aroma emits an array of sweet caramel malts and yeast. The hops are far more subtle than I expected. The body is smooth and creamy with a medium texture. The taste has a dark mild character to it with decent malty sweetness but then the hops jump forward at the very end to balance it all off. A classic English IPA.

05-13-2012 13:59:58 | More by puboflyons
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Before I knew of Ba I got this and didn't particular like it.

Then I discovered Ba and also started wondering why I didnae

after all it is BC'd
it's brewed by Fullers
and it's an IPA

Let's go

lovely honey roast body slight big bubbles but BC doesn't give the best head lol

Citrus on the nose a bit of a lemon washing up liquid smell.

Refreshing and much better than I remember
starting with a biscuity body with a slight caramel touch veering towards a bitter edge then warming with hops and yeasty bitterness.

Nice light touch on the mouthfeel and nice carb.

Glad I revisited this brew must have got a bad batch last time

04-29-2012 22:56:23 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-18-2012 21:20:26 | More by Richie71
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-17-2012 16:19:15 | More by galluch
Photo of spdyfire83


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

81st Review
Bottle to pint glass
Enjoy by: April 2013

Enjoyed this 500mL bottle on Christmas Day while visiting London. Thank you Michael for this nice beer.

A: Flashy golden. Frothy single (off white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Hops, pine, medium roasted malt, more hops (floral notes this time though).

T: Sweet malt and very enjoyable balance of a wide variety of hop characteristics with a smooth, inviting bitter finish. Hint of spice near the end as well - nice.

M: Medium body with soft/medium carbonation.

O: A very well oriented bottle conditioned IPA. Reminds me of a classic (USA) West Coast IPA, but with a nice English twist. I'd like to try this on-draft at some point and compare notes.

12-30-2011 18:53:46 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of IPA4LIFE

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

I picked up a bottle at Sainsbury's tonight. I was really excited to try this one because I am a huge Fuller's fan.

A- Beautiful golden color with a thick, creamy white head that has ridiculous retention and a powerful amount of lacing. This head is really what sold me on the appearance of this beer. One of the most impressive looking I have seen in a long time.

S- Light citrusy notes up front, with a discernable bit of sweet malt characteristics mixed in with a clean spicy finish. Not overly impressive, but it does have it's enjoyable aspects.

T- Much like the aroma. Some fruity hops characteristics (some citrus / orange zest and a little apricot). There is also some sweet malt flavor. This beer is consistent with the style, with a clean, bitter, earthy / spicy hop aftertaste closing off the taste and leaving a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

M- Smooth and creamy. Really wonderful. The mouthfeel is the most impressive and outstanding attribute of this beer.

O- A solid offering. Good example of an English IPA. I was impressed with the beer and would love to have it again.

12-29-2011 19:15:31 | More by IPA4LIFE
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3.9/5  rDev +1%

I never understood the idea behind bottle conditioned IPAs: the secondary fermentation in the bottle is supposed to be engine of the taste evolution and requires aging while on the other hand, aging adversely affects the hops which are the IPA's essence.

Pours clear pale amber with orangeish tint and off-white dense head that holds very well and forms firm laces on the walls.
Aroma is fruity (pineapple, mango, nectarine) with caramel-toasty malts, earthy-floral hops and evident sulfury notes.
Nearly medium bodied, well carbonated and foamy on the palate this smoothly drinking beer has malts and hops so well balanced it's almost bland, with minerally-sulfury finish and mild bitterness lacking any harshness in the aftertaste. The absence of harshness and hop-derived astringency is much sought-after but rarely seen quality in IPA and Bengal Lancer should be praised for that.

(Best before 05-17-2013, 500 ml into tulip)

11-21-2011 22:51:57 | More by crnipeter
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

I had this bottled at the Red Lion Fuller's Pub near Westminster Abbey, big ben etc. I prefer this one bottled to cask, (probably just because its closer to the states) something about the crispness of the carbonation makes it finish better. I can definitively see how the IPA has evolved and where it came from. Whether from the cask or bottle conditioned this is a rock solid IPA and probably the closest thing i've found to a session beer since I've gotten here. Like I said before nothing new or creative here just a rock solid IPA that goes down easy for a nice refreshing drink

11-20-2011 18:45:39 | More by tenaciousp65
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Dec 2012.

A - Clear copper body with a relatively small amount of head that dissipates down to virtually no covering, with some lacing and cling.

S - Gentle hop aromas balanced by some malt on the back-end; fairly well balanced on the nose.

T - Similar to the aromas, the hops are the solid frontrunner of the taste, not as much so as American IPAs tend to be, but still out there. There is a good malt balance to temper the hops as well. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that lingers a little while.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp and doesn't linger too long.

O - Overall, an extremely drinkable beer, either on its own or as a session drink.

06-16-2011 22:51:12 | More by Wattsox
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful clear amber pour with quickly fading two finger head and decent lacing. The nose is subtle but really nice. Floral, perfumy hops dominate with hints of herbal tea. The hops are the star of the taste as well. Not overpowering like some American IPA's, but still big. Tangy and herbal with a good amount of tea and citrus as well in the flavor. Just enough sweet malts to give this perfect balance. Smooth just doesn't describe this beer. The bitter hop bite is just bordering being chewy, and there's something unique about the tea flavor in the aftertaste that makes this hugely drinkable. This is hands down my favorite English IPA. Another winner from one of the UK's best breweries!

05-28-2011 18:44:43 | More by beerdrifter
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

500ml bottle purchased from the International Beer Shop and poured into a nonik style pint glass.

Light orange appearance, with a slight off-white head of foam that measured a few centimetres, before settling to a half centimetre throughout.

Marmalade smell is the most dominant, but by no means over the top. Definately can tell just from the smell that this is a British interpretation as opposed to a US version.

Initially it lulls you into thinking this is a light version of a British IPA, but the hops start to show they are present in numbers. Solid English hop flavour.

The body is well suited to the beer itself and the style, maltiness being there just a tad, but letting the hops stand out. Finishes off with a fullish, bitter finish.

Overall, a good interpretation of the British style. While i do like the Fullers malty house style of a lot of their ales, the relative absence in this made it unique and kept it true to label.

05-04-2011 11:25:07 | More by MrKennedy
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United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +1%

Half litre bottle, I was suprised how clear this beer was, dark brown colour, no bubbles. Could smell sweet perfumed hops. Tasted spicy apples, mangos and pears. It remided me of kellerbier. Not much carbonation, two would be great, can't say if I could drink more. Overall a very good IPA

12-08-2010 17:12:44 | More by jonb5
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United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Purchased at the Waitrose Supermarket, this seems to be a new product by the Fuller's Brewery. Bottle-Conditioned, BB 16/02/12, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a light amber hue, coming with loosely formed white cottony head and a medium-level carbonation scattered with large and tiny bubbles; good clarity.
S: the very juicy combination of malts and hops is almost like a lesser version of Fuller's ESB or Young's Special London Ale, featuring sweet citric and slightly spicy Styrian Goldings hops and mildly sour-ish gooseberry and even blueberry-ish fruitiness, against a rather light body of pale malts. Not complex, but refreshing and aromatic all the same. Plus, yeastiness (from bottle-conditioning) leaves no negative impact on the aroma.
T: the marvellously-carbonated texture of juicy pale malts expands with lightly sour-sweet pears, orangey citrusness, then quietly but closely the undercurrent of almost tea-ish tannic bitterness and nutty crushed pale malts expands and takes over, but in a rather subtle way. The aftertaste prolongs the spicy-bitter and increasing chewy side of hoppiness, lingering with a pleasant bitter-herbal and hay-ish touch.
M&D: the palate is remarkable, full of microscopic fizziness resulting from successful bottle-conditioning, while the body remains semi-light at most and refreshing vis-à-vis the 5.3% alcoholic strength. This bottle-conditioned version is more refreshing (or, less soft) than the cask-conditioned one that I've just tasted twice lately. Both are good session type, immensely drinkable as far as my palate is concerned!

03-21-2010 18:59:41 | More by wl0307
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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.